Subject – sujet
Let's Define It!
What's a *subject*?
A subject (or sujet in French) is a required element of a sentence.
There are many definitions for "subject".
The most common one describes the subject as the person or thing doing the action expressed by the verb. For example, in
"Charles arrivera ce soir" [Charles will arrive tonight]
the subject is Charles.
Another definition of sujet describes it as the element (person or thing) about which something is said.
Consider the example above "Charles arrivera ce soir". The subject Charles is the element about which something is stated (i.e. arriving tonight).
In French, the subject is always considered in relationship with the verb with which it agrees in gender and number.
A sentence (or clause) can contain one or more subjects.
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Here are a couple of examples containing subject(s). They are underlined abd in bold for your convenience.
- Vous parlez vraiment bien le francais. / You speak French really well.
- Cette voiture va trop rapidement. / This car is going too fast.
- La maison brûle. / The house is burning.